Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being
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Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Kathryn M. Page

Almost every person works at some point in their lives. The Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being examines the association of particular work experiences with employee and organizational health and performance.
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Chapter 14: Gratitude: an antidote to work stress

Carolyn M. Youssef-Morgan and Barbara L. Ahrens

Abstract

This chapter presents evidence supporting gratitude as an antidote to work stress and a viable approach for promoting employee well-being. Gratitude has received increased attention because of the renewed interest in positive psychology. Conceptualizations of gratitude are presented, including gratitude as a virtue, a trait, an affective state, and a cognition. Mechanisms linking gratitude to stress and well-being are discussed, including social support, cognitive appraisals and positive reframing, broadening and building, and coping. Implications for research and practice conclude the chapter.

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